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Errol's story

Errol is our son. At 2 1/2 years old, Errol was involved in a fatal accident. We, his Mom and Dad, have struggled to navigate our way through the crippling grief that comes with losing a child. The pain runs deeper than the deepest ocean. Errol is a kind, compassionate sensitive old soul who made everyone in the room smile. He loved grilled cheese sandwiches, airplanes and rides in his Radio Flyer wagon. Adults marveled at his depth of compassion at such a young age. I wish that we all could have seen the world through Errol's eyes. And then it hit us. If we can't help ourselves, let's do our best to help someone else. Not only to honor Errol, but to hopefully ease another human's suffering. This is what he would want. For other kids to be happy and inquisitive just as he was. 

We hope to change the lives of children and adults in  meaningful ways. We want to give children experiential learning that teaches them empathy, spirit and resiliency. We want to arm children with knowledge and compassion from the very start and teach them to reciprocate what they've learned to their community in the form of service.  The Errol Conrad Thornton Foundation is based in the ideal that our collective purpose in this life is to help each other through it. Giving feels good. You can't deny it. And who better to give to than our most vulnerable little citizens, children. We stand for inclusion of ALL children, no matter what. Please help us honor Errol's beautiful, loving spirit. Thank you. 

Love and Gratitude,

Glenn and Season

The key to healing is in helping others. In that we find the light and strength within us.
— Crysta Lyon
 
 
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our purpose

 

Meals

Despite federal and state meal programs, many children go hungry at dinner time and during school vacations. This foundation strives to fill that void. 


Field Trips

Most of us have fond memories of school field trips. These days, field trips are viewed as "extra curricular activities". Not so! Field trips give students hands on experience and help bridge the gap between the text book and the imagination. Help us give them inspiring experiences!


musical instruments

Music is the universal language. Sadly, it is often the first program cut from school budgets. Learning to play a musical instrument is proven to help a child develop better math, language and literacy skills. Can you imagine a world without music? Neither can we! Rock on!

community service

We want the children who receive your act of kindness to know that it came from a community that cares about them. More importantly, we want them to be inspired by kindness so much that they want to pay it forward. We humbly request that all children who benefit from your kindness reciprocate the act in the form of volunteer work in our community.

Scholarships

Access to education is a human right. Students should never be denied access to education because of financial restraints. We provide aspiring students with financial resources to fulfill their dreams of attending college or vocational training. Nominate a child in the contact form below.


Educational retreats

Remember summer camp? Help us give children meaningful experiences that teach them about their personal connection to the world around them, and help them make lifelong friends!


books and school supplies

Readers are leaders! Let's make sure that students are prepared from the start. Every student should be equipped with the "tools" to succeed. Children who read at home not only become better readers but have higher math scores. Help give students the gift of literacy!   

No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.
— Aesop